Video captures alleged would-be church arsonist thwarted by NYC pastor

(NY Post article and video)

A man was caught on video allegedly trying to start a fire in the entryway of a Queens church Saturday before the pastor thwarted him, cops and diocese officials say.  Read article and see video…

The Annual Catholic Appeal

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Every year we are asked by the Bishop to do the Annual Catholic Appeal.  This appeal follows an ancient Church theology of Subsidiarity in which things that can be done on a local level to help the community should be done and things that cannot be done on a local level to help the church should be done on a larger community level.

The Annual Catholic Appeal raises money to help the church do things that we as individuals and we as a parish could not do alone.

Things like supporting seminarians in discerning and in college, and we have 2 seminarians in our parish and Incarnation convent is an annex to the seminary system. Who do you think pays for that; who pays for their food, their lights, their studies? The Appeal does.

Another way the appeal helps the bigger community is through Catholic Charities and the food pantry.  During the pandemic, food is an issue for many families.  At the Incarnation St Gerard pantry, the needs went up 100 percent of normal. Catholic Charities helps 250 people every week from our neighborhood with food and services. Who do you think pays for that?  Not the government. The Annual Catholic Appeal funding pays for that.

Every child in our school and every child in our Religious Education who needed an ipad during lock down got one. Who paid for that?  Not us. The appeal paid for that.

So the appeal helps us directly here and it helps us do things that we could never do with just our own resources.

Every year we ask everyone to give something. Last year we tried but did not even make it to half our parish goal. So this year I am asking everyone here and everyone on live stream to help if they can.

You can give in a number of ways.

1- Take the the ACA letter that we are giving you in the church. Fill it out, and return it in the collection, with a pledge. If you already pledged, just write on it ‘Already pledged’.

2- If you got the letter at home, you can fill that pledge out and mail it in.

3- If you give on line, you can go into the portal and give using that online portal.

Pray about how each of us can give. You don’t need to give your rent money, but maybe sacrifice your cookie money.

Thank you for all that you do give, and for your prayers, and for helping those most in need in our community.

God bless,

Fr. Gannon



Resumption of Mass from Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office on Vimeo.

Video de anuncio de reanudación de Misas from Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office on Vimeo.




Message from the Pastor

God bless you all.  I want to welcome you to this website of our parish.  We are a Parish in Queens, part of the Diocese of Brooklyn.  We are one of four Diocesan Shrines in the Diocese.  We are dedicated to St. Gerard Majella because we were the first parish named after him in the United States.  We have his relics present in the church 24 hours a day.  We also have the relic of St. Gianna Mola and a 2nd class relic of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGiviney (founder of the Knights of Columbus).  Our Church is open from 7:30am to 8pm everyday for prayer.

All are welcomed at the parish.  We especially welcome couples who are trying to have a baby, those who recently had a baby, those who are trying to adopt, and those who are having issues with conceiving a baby.  Every week we pray a perpetual novena to St. Gerard on their behalf.  Please feel free to surf our website, and know that we are praying for you.  If you can please drop us a line so we can connect to you and pray for you, via email, Facebook page, or Twitter Page.

God bless.

Fr Josephjude Gannon



Dios les bendiga a todos. Deseo darles la bienvenida a este portal de nuestra parroquia. San Gerardo de Majella es una parroquia en Queens que forma parte de la Diócesis de Brooklyn. Es uno de cuatro santuarios en la Diócesis.  El nombre de nuestro santuario es en honor a San Gerardo de Majella. Nuestra parroquia fue la primera en llevar el nombre de San Gerardo en los Estados Unidos.  Tenemos sus reliquias en nuestro santuario 24 horas al día. También tenemos las reliquias de Santa Gianna Mola y una reliquia del Venerable Padre Michael J. McGiviney (fundador de los Caballeros de Colón).  Nuestra iglesia está abierta desde las 7:30 de la mañana hasta las 8 p.m. para orar. 

Todos son bienvenidos a nuestra parroquia. Especialmente le damos la bienvenida a las parejas que están tratando de tener un bebé, las que recién acaban de tener uno, las que acaban de adoptar y las que tienen dificultad en concebir. Cada semana rezamos la novena a San Gerardo por su intercesión. Siéntase libre de navegar por nuestro portal y sepa que estamos orando por usted.  Nos encantaría saber de usted, por favor escríbanos para comunicarnos y orar por usted ya sea a través de un correo electrónico o las páginas de Facebook o Twitter.

¡Que Dios le bendiga!

Padre Josephjude Gannon


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